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L.D. Burnett

Dehumanization and Extirpation: Hatred and Sacrifice in History

Among the many key insights contained in Kate Manne’s 2017 Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (previously written about here by Lilian Calles Barger) is a striking argument about the role of dehumanization in gendered oppression. I want to explore that argument and its implications for historical analysis here. Her argument is especially useful (and provocative) because Manne indicates that her reconceptualization of dehumanization may be more broadly applicable, as is appropriate for her intersectional method and understanding of how misogyny works. It is therefore appropriate to think further about how historians might apply this argument to particular episodes in Read more